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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Few Expectations For Progress When U.S., North Korea Meet Again

Steve Herman | Voice of America

Glyn Davies

U.S. diplomats and South Korean government officials have few expectations that the first direct talks between American and North Korean diplomats since the death of Kim Jong Il will yield a significant breakthrough.

For the first time since the leadership transition in Pyongyang, the United States and North Korea are to engage in negotiations about nuclear disarmament.

The U.S. State Department says envoy Glyn Davies will meet with North Korea's first vice foreign minister, Kim Kye Gwan, on February 23 in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Full Article

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Chris Schneidmiller | Global Security Newswire
The Obama administration is seeking a bump in funding for programs to maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal and to prevent the spread of atomic arms around the world, according to budget figures released on Monday.    Full Article

Yves Clarisse | Reuters
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided to extend the life of the country's nuclear power plants beyond 40 years so the economy can continue to benefit from cheap energy, Industry Minister Eric Besson said on Sunday.     Full Article

Associated Press
Iran's official news agency says that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will unveil new nuclear projects on Wednesday. IRNA did not say in its Tuesday report what the projects would be.     Full Article

There are claims in the Russian media; the country was within a hair's breadth of a disaster comparable to Chernobyl a few weeks ago. It is alleged a strategic missile-carrying sub was on fire for more than a day with its entire arsenal aboard.     Full Article

Mainichi Daily News
Pakistan and China are in the final stage of negotiations for a deal to set up at least six nuclear power plants at different sites in Pakistan to be commissioned by 2023, according to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission sources.    Full Article

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